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Wendy Pogozelski

SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Chemistry
ISC 327D

Wendy Pogozelski has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1996.

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Curriculum Vitae


  • Post-doc, Naval Research Laboratory and Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute

  • Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University

  • B.S., Chatham University


  • Nutrition and Metabolism Society

  • American Chemical Society

  • Radiation Research Society

  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • Mitochondria Research Society

  • Council on Undergraduate Research


  • R.D.Feinman, W.K.Pogozelski, A.Astrup, R.K.Bernstein, E.J.Fine, E.C.Westman, A.Accuros, L.Frasetto, S.McFarlane, J.V.Nielsen, T.Krarup, B.A.Gower, L.Saslow, K.S.Roth, M.C.Vernon, J.S.Volek, G.B.Wilshire, A.Dahlqvist, R.Sundberg, A.Childers, K.Morrison, A.H. Manninen, R.J.Wood, J.Wortman, N.Worm, Dietary Carbohydrate Restriction as the Default Treatment for Diabetes: The Evidence Base, Nutrition, 2015 (available online in 2014 at

  • W.K.Pogozelski, "The Uses of Metabolic Adversity", ASBMB Today, March 2013.

  • W.K. Pogozelski, L. Fletcher, C. Cassar, I.A. Trounce and C.A. Pinkert, The mitochondrial genome sequence of Mus terricolor: Comparison with Mus musculus domesticus and implications for xenomitochondrial mouse modeling, Gene, 2008, 418(1,2), 27-33.

  • W.K. Pogozelski, S.F.Priore, M.P. Bernard, A.J.Macula, "Experimental Validation of DNA Sequences for DNA Computing: Use of a SYBR Green Assay", Lecture Notes in Computer Science, DNA 11 , 2006, 3892, 248-256.

  • A.G.D'yachokov, A.J. Macula, W.K.Pogozelski, T.E.Renz, V.VRykov, D.C.Torney, "New t-Gap Insertion-Deletion-Like Metrics for DNA hybridization Thermodynamic Modeling", J. Comput. Biol. 2006, 13(4), 866-881.

  • W.K.Pogozelski, S.F.Priore, N.Arpaia, "The Metabolic Effects of Low-Carbohydrate Diets and Incorporation into a Biochemistry Course", Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2005, 33(2), 91-100.

  • A.Macula, A.D'yachkov, W.K.Pogozelski, et al., "An Insertion-Deletion Like Metric with Application to DNA Hybridization Thermodynamic Modeling"", Lecture Notes in Computer Science 2005, 3384, 90-103.

  • I.A.Trounce, M.McKenzie, C.A.Cassar, C.A. Ingraham, C.A.Lerner, D.A. Dunn, C.L. Donegan, K. Takeda, W.K. Pogozelski, R.L. Howell and C.A. Pinkert, "Development and Initial Characterization of Xenomitochondrial Mice: Mitochondria and Neuroprotection - In Memory of Albert L. Lehninger" J. Bioenerg. Biomembr. 2004, 36(4) 421-427.

  • For full list of publications, please see my C.V.

More About Me


Teaching:  new ways to teach biochemistry and chemistry
New ways to teach the biochemistry of nutrition
Incorporation of demonstrations into lectures
Studying the biochemistry and physiology of low-carbohydrate diets, ketogenic diets, other nutrient-controlled diets
Mitochondrial function and mitochondrial DNA
Radiation effects
DNA chemistry
Molecular basis of metabolic disorders, including type 1 and type 2 diabetes
Biomolecular/DNA computing


Research Interests

My research has two arms: The first is in nutrition and metabolism, using a mechanistic/molecular and evidence-based approach, and the biochemical basis of metabolic disorders and diseases such as type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The second arm is my "bench" research, studying mitochondrial function, mitochondrial DNA, and radiation effects. I have also worked in biomolecular computing, but am no longer quite as active in that field.


Biochemistry Songs

To help my students learn metabolism, I began using songs and mnemonic devices. The songs really caught on and I have been asked to share my sources with others. 


  • CHEM 302: Biochemistry I

    Introduction to the chemistry of living organisms. Structure-to-function relationships of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids are explored, with an emphasis on molecular interactions. Other topics include enzyme kinetics, catalytic mechanism, and modes of regulation, as well as, application of protein function such as oxygen transport, muscle contraction, the immune response, membrane transport, and biological signaling. Credit cannot be received for both this course and CHEM 300. Students may not receive credit for more than one of the following courses: CHEM 300, CHEM 302, and BIOL 335. Preference for enrollment given to Biochemistry and Chemistry majors. Prerequisites: CHEM 213 or CHEM 224. Offered every fall

  • CHEM 351: Current Topics in Chemistry

    Participants prepare for and attend seminars presented by visiting speakers. Short written and oral reports on topics related to the speaker's area of expertise will be developed from the current literature. Methods for chemistry information retrieval and effective reading of the chemical literature will be covered. Students will receive information about career choices in the field. Prerequisites: Senior status in Chemistry. Offered every fall

  • CHEM 385: Biochemistry Seminar

    A seminar focusing on a topic or related group of topics in biochemistry. Papers from current literature will be discussed. Participants will explore the research literature and report their findings to the seminar group in the form of a paper and oral report. Prerequisites: CHEM 302 and CHEM 304 or permission of instructor.